food

Primitive Technology: food production

Two great videos, one on making traps to trap crayfish (freshwater shrimp) and the other on making a potato garden.

Both involve using a hot rock to boil water to cook things rather than putting a container over a fire, an amazing idea in itself.

There are many more at the Primitive Technology site and for those who prefer, he has a Primitive Technology YouTube Channel.

[via The Kid Should See This]

John Oliver on food waste

John Oliver discussed food waste in the United States and the politics that makes it happen.

His piece is based partly on one done by a collaboration of PBS and NPR which I’m embedding below. If you care to, watch the PBS/NPR piece first, it will inform the John Oliver rant.

NPR’s Allison Aubrey looks at why good food is being discarded, and what can be done to prevent it.

[via The Verge]

Greyston Bakery

I was driving to JFK the other day and heard this piece on the Greyston Bakery on the NPR show, Here and Now:

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

The company aims to hire the hard-to-employ and is known for its “open hiring” practices, where anyone can sign up regardless of background. All profit from the company go to the Greyston Foundation, which uses it for low-income housing, day care open to the community, a medical center for those with AIDS, and other community endeavors.

from Wikipedia

Bernie Glassman (an aeronautical engineer-turned-Buddhist monk) founded Greyston Bakery in 1982 to put some of his ideas about social justice into practice.

When I got out to LA I listened to the piece again and did a bit of poking around and found the Greyson Bakery site where I bought some brownies to try and found this incredibly moving presentation by Greyston CEO Mike Brady and employee Dion Drew:

TED@Unilever

Dion Drew really choked me up. Fantastic success story.

Unilever is a British/Dutch conglomerate that owns numerous brands, including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Greyston Bakery makes the brownies that go into Ben & Jerry’s various brownie-infused ice creams. No doubt when the real Ben and Jerry owned and ran their business (before Unilever bought them), they chose the relationship with Greyston to further their own ideas about social change.

I’m an instant fan and will continue to buy Greyston brownies both mail order and from Whole Foods where you can buy them retail.

Proximity BBDO work for Carte Noire

Petit chou de café

Carte Noire is a French coffee company and they’ve commissioned some amazing video advertisements that show the making of a variety of high end deserts that go along with their coffee.

These ads are beautifully produced by Proximity BBDO. The photography is incredible, and the sound is too (they use a stretch sound a lot to support the visuals).

I’ve been following this work for a while (Rose) but wanted to do another post because it relates so closely to what makes great photography great (depth, context).

It would be fun to see a behind the scenes making-of video produced with the same style as these.

Zoom it out, turn it up. Enjoy. And don’t drool on your keyboard.

Tiramisu pistache de café

Millefeuille choco-framboise de café

Espumas de mangue au caviar de café

Luck Pot dinner

Maria's earring

Maria’s earring

Verbank, New York.

A group of women (artists, a poet, and a chef) get together for a special “luck pot” dinner every now and then. Five years ago they asked me to join them as “photographer” and I did, using my Canon 5D and some nice lenses. They loved the images and so, asked me again. I warned them that I now have smaller cameras but I’d give it a go.

I took close to 300 images with both my Ricoh GR and Sony RX100 III and whittled them down to 150 which I burnt on DVDs and sent them. I did very little processing, just a bit of noise reduction and bumped exposure a bit on the GR images which tended to be a bit under exposed in the low light of an evening dinner party.

It’s fun doing this sort of thing: being in the house of an artist who has all sorts of interesting things to photograph and watching these women present their various dishes in aesthetically beautiful ways.

No doubt I could have gotten better images with a Canon 5D III and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens but the small cameras were good enough and much less intrusive.

The Ricoh GR with its bigger sensor made more detailed images with deeper color, but they were consistently under exposed and the camera hunted for focus a lot. The Sony RX100 III nailed focus perfectly, the articulating LCD was very useful and while exposure was almost always perfect, the images lack the depth of the GR (sensor size matters). I was glad to have both cameras and I have a Fuji X100T on order which I’d have enjoyed using as well if it had arrived on time.

This was not a paying job; I know almost all of this group well and I’m happy to do this for them. I gave them the images to do as they like with as long as they cite me as the photographer, don’t alter them before sharing, and don’t sell them.

In the end, doing this kind of shooting helps make me a better photographer and I got a very nice meal with some nice people on top of it.

Garnishes

Garnishes

Coffee and shadows

Coffee and shadows

Eggs

Eggs

Bathroom wall

Bathroom wall

Persimmons

Persimmons

Matchbox

Matchbox

Sauce

Sauce